By Jennifer Lynn Walker
These friendly, fun neighbourhoods have lots to see. There are trendy restaurants, outdoor terraces, boutiques and antique stores and these awesome neighbourhoods are stretched across Montreal.
Founded in 1703, it is the second oldest town in Montreal. Located at the tip of the West part of the island this neighbourhood is home to a part of McGill University (1907). With its stellar architecture, heritage storefronts, canal and boat locks, waterfront walking path and farmer’s market, this makes #1 on my list.
In as little as 30 minutes from downtown, you’ll be transported to a cutesy village that’s worth a day trip. If you are a car lover, visit in June during their annual ‘Cruisin Boardwalk’ car show on Main Street and admire over 400 classic old cars.
Pointe Claire Village, circa 1698
“The charming, historic community hugs the shore of Lac St. Louis, which provides lovely views.” –Montreal Families Magazine
Walk around town and submerse yourself in old heritage culture. Pointe-Claire has over 193 heritage buildings, art galleries, boardwalk paths, restaurants, coffee shops and boutiques. It’s also home to the oldest Yacht Club on the island of Montreal, circa 1879.
After your walk, go out for dinner at Le Gourmand, circa 1847 or hang at the Old Orchard Pub, circa 1850.
Point-Claire also has their famous windmill, circa 1710 – which was built for grinding cereals and defence purposes. Right next to it is the striking Saint-Joachim Church, circa 1885.
Lachine is one of the oldest pioneer villages in Canada. Rich in history and culture, it’s also rich in vintage real estate buildings. You can find homes dating back to 1765. if you want to go for a stroll, the waterfront has a paved path for bikers and walkers and, during the summer, many people enjoy the views by sitting and picnicking along the grassy spots.
There is a lot to do and see along the Lachine canal, including The Lachine Museum LeBer-LeMoyne Heritage Site with its classified archaeological collection, the oldest complete buildings on the island of Montreal. Spend the afternoon or full day enjoying the waterfront, restaurants and shops.
The trendy Monkland street is the heart of the village. It’s a touch of new age, organic living with coffee shops, many upscale restaurants and pubs to satisfy any style and taste. My favourite part of NDG is all the incredible “brown stone” architecture. During the summer, they hosts their annual music festival, which you can walk up and down the streets, listening to live music being played on people’s front lawn and balconies.
Friendly, young, fun neighbourhood with lots to see and do. Trendy restaurants, boutiques and antique stores are now stretched across all of Notre Dame, along with new bars and outdoor terraces. It’s worth a visit to walk along its famous drag and enjoy going in and out of shops, art galleries and restaurants. Saint-Henri is famous for its Atwater market and being built along side the Lachine Canal. You’ll find many bikers, sunbathers, and picnickers, all hanging out enjoying the lazy days of summer. Great place for people watching. Want to live in St-Henri?